Opening Day – November 24th.
Hi! Just a quick update! The Rogue Community College’s December Invitational opens tomorrow, November 24th, at the FireHouse Gallery in Grants Pass, OR. Gallery hours are 11:30 am to 4:30 am, Tuesday through Friday. The gallery is located at the corner of Fourth and H Streets, in the Historic City Hall.
Reception – December 4th.
The “First Friday” Exhibition Reception will be on December 4th from 5:30 to 8:30 pm.
Dates for the exhibition are November 24th through December 10th.
About the Invitational
“All of the artists selected for the show have the common quality of a kind of fantasy/whimsy befitting the season” according to Mr. Karl Brake, Art Director.
My work was selected because of my “combination of realism and magical color”, (per Mr. Brake).
I’m thrilled to be included in the December Invitational! I have five watercolor paintings in the exhibition from my “People Collection”. One of the paintings, “I Can’t Hear You”, is shown in the exhibition post card’s right hand corner (see above).
I’m including a banner with the five paintings in the Invitational below. The paintings are not to scale. But, you can get an idea what I’m showing!
I can hardly wait to see the exhibition. If you’re in the area, please stop by! Thanks!
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This past week I worked on replenishing my stock of greeting cards. I print, cut, fold and package my own greeting cards. I combine my calligraphy with either my paste papers or marbling or watercolors to create my cards.
Three of my greeting cards.
I scan both my calligraphy and my painting and combine them in Photoshop. I then print them on my Epson 3000 printer which uses archival ink. I print my cards on 8 1/2″ by 11″ paper, score and fold the paper, then cut it to 5″ by 7″ with my trusty Olfa hand cutter.
I print my cards on letter sized card stock. Here are a few of the ones I printed this week.
It is somewhat labor intensive, but it allows me to make just the amount of cards I want. I only sell my cards in my own studio, so this works for me.
Framable calligraphy card – the heart never gets wrinkles
My cards are designed so that they look great when put in a 5″ by 7″ mat or frame. That’s why I call them Framables.
On my recent trip to Portland, Oregon, I stopped by 23 Sandy Gallery to see their latest exhibit, Blood Quantum, a book art exhibit about ancestry, identity and our personal cultural narrative. It’s a wonderful exhibit and will be on view through December 19.
Catalog for Blood Quantum at 23 Sandy Gallery
Blood Quantum is a concept that refers to the degree of ancestry for an individual of a specific racial or ethnic group such as Native Americans. This concept leads to thinking about ancestry, identity, heritage, family history and personal cultural narrative.
you are with me by Jihae Kwon
Artist books, as multi-surfaced and textural objects, are a perfect medium to explore such complex and powerful topics. Artists responded to our call with deeply felt, thoughtful works—at once celebration, remembrance and reflection.
Fabulas Para La Obediente Mujer by Marisol Ardon
Robert Gore, Visual Arts Librarian and curator of the artists’ book collection in the UCLA Arts Library helped with the jurying of this exhibit.
Riddle One by Anita Bigelow
As Robert Gore said in his juror statement: “To name a few places, in the course of this show you will travel with the artists to Latin America, Russia, France, Poland, Hawaii, China, Chile, Tennessee, Appalachia, Canada, India, South Korea, Virginia, Norway, Mexico, and the Cherokee, Nuxalk, and Oneida Nations.”
Ancestral Pods by Hidde Van Duym
I loved this exhibit. I hope you have a chance to see it. If not, you can see more on 23 Sandy Gallery’s website.
The University of Oregon Bookstore has the best selection of decorative papers I have ever seen. And luckily, it’s about half way between my home and Portland, Oregon, which I visit multiple times a year.
Four binders with lots of paper samples in each.
I try to time my trips to or from Portland so that I pass through Eugene when the University of Oregon Bookstore is open. This past week. I made sure I left Portland early enough to have a couple of hours to browse through papers in the Bookstore, a trip of about 300 miles.
One of six binders full of paper samples I looked through at the University of Oregon Bookstore.
On this latest trip, I looked through the 6 huge binders which contain samples of decorated papers, each sample in a plastic sleeve. I managed to get out the door with a mere 21 sheets of paper this time. If you love paper and are in Eugene, you’ll love visiting the basement of the University of Oregon Bookstore.
One of the new papers I purchased. I think this will make a great Paper Lotus Flower.
I found some shimmery paper that I think would make great holiday garlands. Look for them to appear in an upcoming blog post.
Watercolor and ink
Arches 140lb CP Watercolor paper
Greetings. I thought I’d share one of my recent watercolor and ink studies. I thoroughly enjoy working with watercolor; its almost surprising when a painting emerges. With this particular study, I was working on seeing the still life as a simple light and dark pattern.
Over the last few months I’ve been following the blog by artist James Gurney. I have been impressed by his commitment to posting work daily. Sometimes its a simple study; other times its a more involved discussion. I have been inspired to share some of my daily work and hope you enjoy it. Thanks!
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If you enjoy either miniature books or artist books, you should check out the books made by Camille Riner. I made her Tiny Winter Walk Book from a digital file earlier this year and wrote about it on this blog. Now she has come out with a new book, Good People.
Good People Artist Book I made from downloaded files made by Camille Riner.
I was lucky enough to be chosen to try out and proof the file for her new book, Good People. This is a colorful, two sided nesting accordion book.
The first step was to print, then cut out the covers and pages for the text.
Following Camille’s written instructions with lots of illustrations, I came up with two accordion folded sections which are nested and glued together to make a wonderful little book.
The text of this book is two nested accordion folds. The covers haven’t been attached yet.
I had never made this type of accordion book before. I enjoyed making the book. Camille’s instructions and illustrations made it a breeze. It looks more complicated to make than it really is.
Looking at the back of the book, Good People. I love books that have interesting front and back sides!
Camille has designed and made a number of delightful little artist books. I encourage you to check out her website: CamilleRiner.com.
Good People Artist Book shown open.
If you are interested in purchasing any of Camille’s work, just click on “shop” from her website.
Another look at the back side of Good People Artist Book.
I will include a link to where you can purchase the downloadable book once it is available.
I am honored and thrilled to say that I have been invited to show in the Rogue Community College’s December Invitational at the Firehouse Art Gallery, Grants Pass, OR.
The exhibition dates are November 24th through December 10th, 2015. First Friday Artist Reception is on December 4th from 5:30 to 8:30 pm.
The gallery is located at the corner of H and Fourth Streets in the Historic City Hall, Grants Pass, Oregon. Business hours are Tuesday – Friday, 11:30am to 4:30pm, or tours by appointment. For more information, I invite you to visit the Firehouse Gallery’s website.
About the show, the curators say:
“An exhibit of work by Anne Baxter, Shoshana Dubiner, Denise Kester, Rio Montero, Micah Ofstedahl and Margaret Stermer-Cox. Fire Mountain Gems will exhibit their annual art show in the Community Exhibits Room.”
The invited artists work in several media and a variety of styles. I was told by the art director that the artists selected have a common quality of a fantasy or whimsical approach to their work. On a personal note, I can hardly wait to see the exhibition! It should be fun and fascinating!
I will be showing five watercolor paintings from my “Peggy’s People” collection. I’d like to share with you my thoughts on the collection:
“People have been one of my favorite subjects for drawing and painting since childhood. It seems natural for me to create images inspired by family, friends and strangers. I work from life, memory and imagination. I like to draw designs that suggest that something is happening or a story. My goal is to go beyond the surface and show the joy and beauty of life.”
If you are in the area, I would like to invite you to please drop by and see the exhibition at the Firehouse Gallery in Grants Pass.
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This past week I’ve been working on different colors and designs for folded paper necklaces with matching earrings. I’ve come up with 5 designs that I like.
Folded paper necklace and earrings named “Peacock.”
I made these folded paper necklaces and earrings are for our neighborhood Art, Crafts & Collectibles Holiday Sale which takes place on November 21.
Folded paper necklace and earrings named “Cotton Candy.”
I got the idea for this folded paper jewelry from the Earth Spirit Vessels I’ve been making. It took me a while to find colorful fade resistant paper that I could use to make this jewelry. I love what I found!
Folded paper necklace and earrings named “Limeade.”
I had a lot of fun naming my jewelry. I wanted names that were descriptive of the colors I used to make them. I came up with Peacock, Cotton Candy, Limeade, Fire and Alabaster.
Folded paper necklace and earrings named “Fire.”
A friend of mine says that I should market these pieces as Travel Jewelry. They are beautiful and unique, yet are inexpensive and could be easily replace if lost or stolen.
Folded paper necklace and earrings named “Alabaster.”
Periodically I get asked to either teach calligraphy or recommend a book for learning calligraphy. My answer to both requests is to recommend Italic Calligraphy by Inga Dubay and Barbara Getty.
Italic Letters: Calligraphy & Handwriting by Inga Dubay and Barbara Getty is my number one recommendation for anyone wanting to learn italic calligraphy.
First, I must say that I feel that italic calligraphy is the most versatile of all alphabets. It can be written friendly or formal. It can be written plain or highly flourished. It can even be written with a ball point pen (called monoline italic). If I had a favorite alphabet, it would be italic because of its versatility.
A very free italic written on an envelope.
So, when my friend, Anna, came to me and asked for a recommendation for a calligraphy class or book, I heartily recommended Italic Calligraphy. I think italic is the best alphabet to start learning calligraphy. And the presentation by Inga Dubay and Barbara Getty in this book makes learning italic so much easier than any other book I have ever seen.
This is a simple italic of mine without many flourishes on a watercolor background.
The book starts with writing monoline italic, thats just a fancy name for writing with a ball point pen or a pencil. It’s so non-threatening. You get to learn the letter shapes before having to concern yourself with an edged pen and trying to hold the pen at a 45 degree angle and writing at a slight slant.
I like to combine italic calligraphy with other alphabets. Here the “war” is written with a pointed brush and the text is written in a simple italic.
It’s the perfect book for someone learning calligraphy on their own. When I last taught italic calligraphy, this was the book I used. I can’t say enough positive things about this book. It’s so rich with information.
Another example of my combining italic calligraphy with pointed brush calligraphy
While the book suggests you write in it, please don’t. You will get so much more out of the book if you can repeat pages as you practice. So, I suggest you get some quality writing paper and take that to your local copy shop and copy the pages you want to practice onto that paper. One such quality paper is Gilbert bond. Any paper that works with your pen and gives you crisp lines is fine. What you don’t want is a cheap paper where your ink bleeds.
Another example of my italic calligraphy.
Write on, Candy